Animation Is Hard
By Mike Stamm and Matthew Krick
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Making your own animation can be an ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be! Hosts Mike and Matthew walk you through the challenges and pitfalls of producing independent animation, and share their advice on everything from scriptwriting to crowdfunding.
||CleanEpisode 8: Burnout||The podcast returns after a long absence! Mike and Matthew devote this episode to the complex problem of burnout: how to recognize it, how to deal with it, and how to help others avoid it. They also touch on changing attitudes towards mental health...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Stepping Up Your Game||Animator Guen Goik chats with Mike and Matthew about how to continue improving yourself as an animator once you’re out of school, so you can get better animation jobs. It takes more than just good animation techniques—communication skills are just..||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Sacrifices||This week’s episode goes to some dark places. Many personal sacrifices are required when committing yourself to a major creative project. All that time and energy has to come from somewhere. Mike and Matthew share their tales of woe about...||5/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Making It as a Freelance Animator||This week, Mike and Matthew chat with freelancer Kyle Bernard about his experiences as a working animator. Along the way, they learn about the importance of networking and moving to Burbank, how to figure out what your client rates should be, and the...||4/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Pipeline||This week's episode is all about the technical aspects of making your own animated short: asset management, naming conventions, file versioning software. Sounds boring, right? Well, actually yeah, okay, it is pretty boring. But that's part of the...||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Team-building||Mike and Matthew go deep into the world of freelancers: where to find them, how to negotiate with them, and how to make sure everyone ends up happy. They also cover copyright ownership, payment terms, kill fees, and how not to be a bad...||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Inverted Pyramid||Mike and Matthew talk about the importance of working out your creative decisions early, during the scriptwriting and storyboarding stage, and how these decisions filter through the stages of pre-visualization, editing and animation. They...||3/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Why Animation Is Hard||Mike and Matthew introduce the show and tackle some of the reasons why animation can be so challenging: story problems, budgetary constraints, unrealistic ambitions, limited animation techniques, and the need to get better at firing people.||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great for people with all types of experience!
I just recently came across this podcast and I love it. As an animation student, this is the exact topics I'd want to hear about. Hope there is more to come!
A behind the curtain look at what it really takes to make the things we love to see
Love it! Animation is tough, lots of work and if you are doing an animation project by yourself, you are in for a long process. This show gives you an insightful look at what experienced animators have done on their journey and actionable tips that you can use on your own projects.